R.B. flanked by children Keebe and Greg
R.B. Fitch began creating Fearrington Village in 1974 and has been crafting Fearrington at a steady, measured pace ever since. From offices in Fearrington’s Village Center, R.B. has built a village of nearly 2,000 residents, and it remains our sole focus. His late wife Jenny was instrumental in starting Fearrington, for example decorating model homes that garnered national media attention and starting the Village Center. Fitch Creations, Inc. continues to be a family business, run by R.B. and assisted by daughter Keebe and son Greg.
Located next to the college town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Fearrington today seamlessly blends the old with the new, the regional with the cosmopolitan, a distinct sense of place with the unexpected. The result is both reassuring and forward looking, exciting and comforting.
Fearrington’s neighborhoods have won both national and regional media coverage for both thoughtful land planning and innovative housing designs. Fearrington has long reflected feedback from customers who are both design and environmentally conscious (learn more about our green building practices).
Because one company, Fitch Creations, is both Fearrington’s builder and developer, almost everyone involved in the creation of your home – our sales, design and construction teams – is singularly focused on ensuring your satisfaction. Many members of our team have been with us for more than 20 years, meaning that we bring a wealth of expertise and skills to each house we construct.
Fitch Creations, Inc. also owns and manages most of the businesses in the Village Center, including not only the flagship Fearrington House Inn and Restaurant, but also The Spa at Fearrington, McIntyre’s Books, other restaurants including The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, The Belted Goat Deli and Roost, a beer garden; shops that include Dovecote and Haven, and a weddings and meetings business. Regardless of the business, we hope you’ll find Fearrington a rejuvenating retreat for the senses.
R.B. Fitch, Developer
R.B. and his late wife, Jenny, purchased the Fearrington dairy farm in 1974 and soon started converting the farm and surrounding land into a country village. The original farm house and outbuildings now house the shops and restaurants of the village center, while over 1,200 families have homes nestled in the surrounding woodlands and fields. Learn more about R.B. Fitch.
Greg Fitch, Vice President
After working at Fearrington in high school busing tables at the House and mowing lawns, Greg Fitch rejoined the family business in 2006. For the three previous years, Greg constructed vacation houses on Long Island’s East End. Previously, he worked in New York, most recently for Random House, Inc., managing several corporate departments. After graduating from Georgetown University, Greg worked in the White House under President George H.W. Bush, and earned an MBA from Northwestern University.
Keebe Fitch, Secretary/Treasurer
Keebe has been a part of the family business since the early 1980s. In addition to earning a B.A. in History from UNC, she also received an MBA from Kenan Flagler’s Business School. In 1989, Keebe opened McIntyre’s Books, one of the South’s most celebrated independent bookstores, and continues to manage the store. Keebe also manages Dovecote Home & Garden.
Theresa Chiettini, General Manager, Village Center
Raised in a family of hoteliers, Theresa learned the intricacies of managing luxury hotels in both Europe and the Caribbean from a very early age. After earning a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida, Theresa spent several years at properties in the US and Europe including the prestigious Rafael Hotel in Munich. Theresa has been with The Fearrington House since 2000.
Laura Morgan, General Manager, Real Estate Sales and Construction
Born and raised in North Carolina, Laura never strayed far from home. She received her B.A. in English and Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and joined Fitch Creations when she graduated in 1986. Laura oversees construction and real estate and also serves as broker-in-charge.
Bobbie Gautney, Accounting Manager
Bobbie joined Fearrington in May of 1999 as a Job Cost Accountant and was promoted to Accounting Manager for all Fearrington businesses in 2001. Bobbie oversees all aspects of the accounting for Fitch Creations including preparation of financial statements, insurance procurement, and 401k Administration.
Samantha Robinson, Human Resources and Benefits Manager
Samantha joined our Accounts Receivable department in 2003 and was promoted to Human Resources and Benefits Manager in 2005. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration from NC Wesleyan College in 2007. Samantha is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is an active member of the local Triangle Chapter.
Missy Fournier, Marketing Coordinator
After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 with a double major in Journalism and Communications Missy joined the Fitch Creations team as Marketing Coordinator. She loves blogging and all things social media.